Kohima: Leader of Opposition TR Zeliang on Tuesday wrote to the Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) Speaker Vikho-o Yhoshü notifying about the need for a Joint Legislators Forum (JLF) meeting on the Naga political issue.
Terming it as “most regrettable”, Zeliang said that the members of the JLF were informed about a proposed meeting on October 4 at Rhododendron Hall, Chumukedima. However, the scheduled meeting was postponed and “thereafter, no further notice has been served till date”. He questioned as to why the meeting has never been rescheduled.
“As you are aware of the pressing need for the Naga Political Groups and the government of India to come to terms and sign the final agreement, we the elected members, as facilitators of the peace process should be at our best and facilitate in resolving the Naga issue without further delay,” he said in the letter addressed to the Speaker.
Accusing the ruling bench of sidelining the opposition members on the issue, Zeliang highlighted that the JLF members unanimously constituted a Parliamentary Working Committee (PWC ) comprising 32 members from both benches with the sole purpose of apprising central leaders for an early solution .
“The chief minister according little or no regard to the PWC has sent the wrong signal to some central leaders. If the chief minister had no hidden agenda while apprising the central leaders on the Indo-Naga Political issue along with only few of his cabinet ministers, why did he not include the opposition members in the team, as in the past? Such action of the chief minister is not in the right spirit of the JLF as the decisions taken in the JLF meetings are to be presented in letter and spirit to the central leaders represented by both the ruling and opposition bench,” he said.
In regard to the stand of the Union government and the NSCN(IM ) on the issue of flag and the Constitution, Zeliang requested the speaker to call a JLF meeting at the earliest to initiate necessary action saying that the “JLF needs to urgently facilitate in whatever way it can”.